The Student Conservation Association

Contact Name: Sue Minor

Company/Organization/Agency: The Student Conservation Association

Address: 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 825, Arlington, VA 22203 US

Email Address:

Contact Phone: (510) 832-1966

Job Title: SCA Visitor Use Survey Project Leader

Job Description: The Student Conservation Association (SCA), a national force of conservation volunteers is seeking an experienced, quality-oriented outdoor leader to work in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers (ACoE) to collect valuable interviews on the uses of ACoE managed sites. Teams will be made up of one project leader and three team members. Participants, in pairs, will collect recreation use information from visitors, primarily through roadside interviews. The interview sites include lakes and other recreation areas. The team will also organize and conduct weekly conservation service projects; with past projects including trail work, backcountry campsite construction, community gardening, and outside volunteer events. In addition, the program will focus on developing member’s leadership experience, with Project Leaders facilitating their growth throughout. This position is full time, seasonal and will be based in locations central to where the team is surveying. Interviewing for the fall leader positions will begin in January.

Job Start Date: 4/1/2017

Application Deadline: 4/1/2017

Additional Information: Link to position and application information: 

Program Dates: 

Position begins in April with Project Leader Orientation for one week to cover technical skills and SCA processes. After, Leaders will break out to their project sites to prepare for season start and member arrival in late May. Project Leader end date is mid-August, 2017. Dates are subject to change.

Primary Responsibilities:

Crew Manager

Lead and manage work outcomes and crew dynamics
Facilitate team operations: food planning/purchasing, vehicles, housing arrangements
Actively manage project/member risk to maintain a safe work environment

Technical Advisor

Assist in the technological skills training of corps members
Manage the quality & technique of work performed
Promote leadership development within team and evaluate success & potential

Partnership Representative

Manage relationship with agency partner
Work collaboratively with agency on program logistics
Ensure successful and timely completion of work project

Program Administrator

Communicate with SCA field support staff as required
Complete required program reporting and documentation
Oversee presentation of project data to agency partner
Manage budget and necessary purchasing for crew and project
Ensure compliance with all SCA Risk Management policies & procedures


Must be a minimum of 21 years of age
Must have ability to legally work in the US
Strong computer skills
Current Wilderness First Aid & CPR required by the start of the training
Experience working with young adults (ages 18-24)
Experience working with the public
Experience with conservation work skills or related skills, preferred i.e. trail maintenance, trail construction, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening
Valid driver’s license and MVR that meets SCA standards required
Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards

To Apply: 

Click Login or Sign Up. Create a profile, complete the basic application and then select the Leader Application when prompted. Please be sure to upload your cover letter, resume & 3 references. Once your application is complete, please email with the position of interest listed in the subject line so we may review your application. 

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